The second test takes place at Circuit de Catalunya which will hold the third and fourth test this season. Home to the Spanish GP the circuit is made up of fast straights
Kimi Raikkonen went fastest overall during the last test here a fortnight ago ahead of his team mate Sebastian Vettel. But, it was Mercedes who I think learnt the most. But the next few days will tell a bigger picture of where teams are and how fast there developing?
On course for substantial gains
Renault’s chief technical officer Rob White says the manufacture is on course to make substantial gains with their 2015 Formula One power unit. The French company has been pushing to catch Mercedes.
They were hampered by performance issues during the pre-season test in Jerez. But white told Renaults website “First and foremost we need to run reliably, be quick and closer to front. Our honest expectation is that we will make a decent improvement but it is difficult to quantify the gain relative to our competitors who will also progress.”
He added that Renault has opted to use most of their engine development tokens prior to the Australian Grand Prix in order to deliver big performance gains.
Palmer to debut
The reigning GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer will make his first appearance for Lotus during this week’s pre-season test in Spain. The Briton joined the team as third driver earlier this year.
The deal will allow him to take part in ‘significant number’ of Friday practice sessions over the course of the season. Palmer’s first taste of the Mercedes-powered E23 will come on the second day in Barcelona.
The race drivers Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean will be behind the wheel on the other three days, with Maldonado on duty on the first and third days and Grosjean on Sunday.
Workers at Rolls Royce believed when the saw that a VIP visitor with the initials DC was going to be Formula One driver David Coulthard. However it turned out to be the Prime Minster David Cameron.
Rumours had been flying around the plant that the former F1 driver and commentator was visiting. The Prime Minister apologised saying “Sorry it’s not David Coulthard but it’s actually a good way to celebrate not just what you do here but the whole of the motor industry and motorsport industry of Britain.
“I think we are seeing a great renaissance, it’s great for Formula One with almost all the cars designed and made here in Britain with the incredible skills in engineering.”
No helmet changes
Reports from the Reuters news agency say that the drivers must stick to there helmet designs during the season. They are hoping that fans will find it easier to follow their favourite driver.]
FiA sources say “The FIA is keen to have stability so people can identify who is in the car. The new phenomenon of drivers changing helmet every few races isn’t helping.”
Former F1 driver Mark Webber said on Twitter “I hear F1 banned drivers to change helmet design during season. I am a fan of consistency. BUT SERIOUSLY! What’s next? Rules on haircut?”
This has been received with mix views with some pointing out Jenson Button’s special helmet for the victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster.